More EPA Enforcement Making News

Further to my point last week regarding administrative oversights leading to costly penalties, I was alerted to this notification over the weekend via a report from the Environmental Protection Agency, Weekly Activity Report for the Week of March 21, 2011 for Region 5.

“On March 22, 2011, Region 5 filed a Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) with Cor-Met, Inc. of Brighton, Michigan that simultaneously commenced and concluded an administrative action alleging violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”). Cor-Met allegedly failed to: (1) label seven 55-gallon containers with the words “Hazardous Waste,” that were observed in an accumulation area during EPA’s inspection; and (2) failed to date the same seven 55-gallon containers with a start accumulation date. The Agency was prepared to file an administrative complaint and seek a civil penalty of $28,895 for these alleged violations.

In accordance with the RCRA penalty policy, and in consideration of Cor-Met’s cooperation and willingness to negotiate a settlement without litigation, Region 5 agreed to settle this matter for $26,005. Cor-Met also certified in the CAFO that they are presently in full compliance with all the statutory and regulatory requirements of RCRA.”

The number one trigger for a regulatory inspection (according to conventional wisdom) is a complaint by an employee or former employee.

To read more about the EPA’s Audit Policy, click here

If you would like more information about technical assistance with an environmental compliance issue, contact Matthew Schroeder, P.E. ( at 248-932-0228.


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